The ultimate race-race on the longest race track in the world, and with one of the biggest and most diverse starting fields of the year.
The 24 Hours Nürburgring is one of the toughest and most tradition-steeped endurance race in the world, held on the legendary Nordschleife. octane126 has taken on the challenge of becoming the first Ferrari team ever to win this race. A potential premiere for the Prancing Horse.
Once "the green hell" and back. Formula 1 World Champion Jackie Stewart spoke reverently of "the green hell" and gave the Nürburgring its nickname.
The circuit in the Eifel region hosted Formula 1 for the German Grand Prix until 1976. It was a final race with great drama: Niki Lauda's fire accident in the Bergwerk-section-one of the high-speed passages of the circuit. An uphill and downhill run with a length of 20.832 kilometers, 78 curves according to official counting, almost 300 meters of altitude and gradients of up to 18%. Built in the 1920s, "the Ring" is considered the toughest and also the longest permanent racetrack in the world.Read more
150 starters and no end of erratic weather conditions: Although the race is usually held in late May/early June, the weather in the Eifel is always a crucial factor.
Brilliant sunshine and heat, thick fog, heavy rainfall, hail-racing conditions can often vary by the hour. Interruptions are just as much a part of this 24H race as accidents on a rain-drenched track-potentially snatching away an apparently sure victory on the last lap. The starter field consists of 150 vehicles, with up to four drivers per car alternating in stints of up to three hours at a time. The regulations result in a wide performance spread from touring cars to the GT3 cars competing for overall victory.Read more
Digital models become a race car, simulations and computational models become specifications that can serve as the basis for FIA homologation.
AThe plans convince the manufacturer: Ferrari and octane126 reach an agreement in 2018 for the implementation of the 488 GT3 Evo. The models from octane126 serve as a template for a modified body: Changes in the air ducting in the wheel arch area, plus adapted diffusers in the rear, bring significantly higher downforce at the front axle. Initial wind tunnel tests with a 60% model are underway.Read more
Digital to a competitive race car. 2017 became the year of re-engineering, because the first experiences with the Nürburgring-Nordschleife were sobering for the team.
Due to changes in the regulations concerning ground clearance and rear wing, the Ferrari 488 GT3 still proved to be a car with a lot of optimization potential under racing conditions during its first appearance in the Eifel. The aerodynamics were out of balance due to the changes. In many sections of the track, the car lifted off the road, over a length of up to 70 meters. Quick improvements through aerodynamic parts? No success.Read more